A large-scale fire in Philadelphia in the early hours of the morning engulfed a building with two apartments, killing at least 13 people and injuring two. All the smoke detectors in the row house obviously did not work.
Officials from the Philadelphia Fire Department said the blaze started on the second floor at around 6:30 on Wednesday morning and was brought under control about an hour later. Some residents were able to escape by themselves, and firefighters rescued several others after digging a hole in the roof of the building.
Of the 13 deaths, at least 7 were children. The death toll may rise because the two surviving victims were hospitalized for possible serious injuries.About 26 people According to reports, they live in a 2,300-square-foot townhouse, which has been converted into two apartments. One of them was packed with 18 residents, and officials said that the four smoke detectors in the building were not working properly. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
“I have been working for 35 years and this may be one of the worst fires I have ever experienced,” Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy told reporters.
The building is owned by the Housing Authority and is located in the Fairmount community, close to the State Penitentiary.A neighbor told the local CBS News affiliate KYW-TV He was awakened by the painful shouts of the affected residents. “I only heard screams,” He said. “The fire is strong. You really can’t imagine such a thing happening.”
This fire will become one of the deadliest fires in Philadelphia’s history. The worst on record began in the building of a furniture dealer and spread to neighboring properties, killing 22 people in 1901.
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